Definition of doping 

: the use of a substance (such as an anabolic steroid or erythropoietin) or technique (such as blood doping) to illegally improve athletic performance

Examples of doping in a Sentence

increased efforts to detect doping at the Olympic Games

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On Again, Off Again Chris Froome Drama: The Froome situation with the adverse analytical finding (the charge was abuse of asthma meds) reveals how broken the anti-doping systems are. Marc Peruzzi, Outside Online, "Lance Armstrong Takes on the Tour de France," 6 July 2018 The last time Russia hosted an event of this magnitude—the Winter Olympics in Sochi—the home nation’s athletes were embroiled in a widespread doping controversy. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Russian Soccer’s Foreign Agent," 24 June 2018 The decision follows Errani's appeal against the original ban and voided results, while the Italian anti-doping agency had asked for a longer suspension. Bianca Britton, CNN, "Tennis player Sara Errani 'disgusted' by doping ban increase," 12 June 2018 Rodchenkov fled from Russia to the United States and then assisted the World Anti-Doping Agency with its investigation into Russian doping. Chris Chavez,, "U.S. Lawmakers Want to Criminalize Doping In International Sports," 12 June 2018 In March, the 28-year-old was charged with violating anti-doping regulations. Siobhán O'grady, Washington Post, "Kenyan athlete admits to giving drug tester money but says he thought it was for ‘fuel or tea’," 1 June 2018 The All-Star second baseman was suspended for 80 games on Tuesday for violating baseball's drug agreement, becoming among the most prominent players disciplined under the sport's anti-doping rules., "Seattle Mariners' Robinson Cano Suspended 80 Games for Drug Violation," 16 May 2018 And how will the race ensure that any sub-elites who have breakthrough performances are held to the same anti-doping standards as their competitors? Shira Springer,, "Boston Marathon’s elite women’s start could use some tweaks," 6 May 2018 Although most professional sports, international anti-doping agencies and United States boxing commissions treat meat contamination differently from other positive tests, Nevada does not. W.g. Ramirez,, "Canelo Alvarez suspended for 6 months for doping violations," 18 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of doping

1900, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of doping

: the illegal use of a drug (such as a steroid) to improve an athlete's performance


dop·ing | \ ˈdō-piŋ \

Medical Definition of doping 

: the use of a substance (such as an anabolic steroid or erythropoietin) or technique (such as blood doping) to improve athletic performance and that is typically banned in competitive sports … nearly two dozen athletes … have been banned from the Olympics in the last two weeks for doping violations. —Philip Hersh, The Chicago Tribune, 8 Aug. 2008

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